Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 62 of 163
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BENJAMIN S. DOWELL.
On previous pages I have mentioned this character as
"Uncle Ben" Dowell, the postmaster. He was a Kentuckian,
who served through the war with Mexico, and
at its close settled at El Paso in the "forties" and married
He was an illiterate man, but of great force of character.
One day in the early "fifties" he did good work
by killing, in a street fight, a desperado who was known
to have broken into the Customs House and robbed
tle safe and who, with a party of men like himself, was
lefying the authorities. Dowell and I became friends,
l)ut when the question of secession arose he went wild
on thlat subject and was, in part, responsible for my
arrest as an "abolitionist," and we were bitter enenlies
for several years.
He left El Paso with the retreating Texans just
before we (the Union troops) took possession of that
place in 1862. He returnedl to Juarez, and we met there
several times but did not speak to each other. Finally
Dowell wrote me a letter (printed below) which led to
a renewal of our friendship, which continued till his
"Paso Del Norte (Juarez), Mexico, October I2th, I864.
"Mr. W. W. Mills: Dear Sir-You may think strange
to receive a comrmunication from me, but as circumstances
alter cases I will procee(l witli my subject. I left
Sherman, Texas, on the 27th, day of December last
with the intention of making my way, if possible, to El
Paso, as I did not think nly life safe in Texas out of the
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/62/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .